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05/23/2011

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James Kingston

That seems like a lot of leverage for such a weak glue to join between steel and plastic. Looks like he's got a safety leash on it... good thing too.

Tom Ligman

I have that same camera, and used a padded p-clamp w/ a bolt to do the same thing. The real problem isn't the strength of the joint, though that could cause trouble, it's that the center of mass is too high, and the mount point too flexible. Basically the camera vibrates like crazy for the whole trip. I'm currently trying to brainstorm a mount that holds it a bit higher up as well as at the tripod mount.

So far the best video came from zip tying a cell phone neoprene case to the head tube and sliding the camera almost all the way down into it. Still too shaky, but much less bad than the handlebar mount was.

Andy

In my experience, that's not going to result in reasonable images. Handlebars are one of the spots with the most vibration, and when I've mounted cameras there before it never resulted in good video. With this setup here, there's a very tall vertical component, so it's going to be bouncing all around without a steady shot. You'd need to mount the camera much more firmly and more level with the bars to reduce that shaking.

David

This is my hack and there's no problem with the joint at the steel at all. Like Tom and Andy said vibration is a bit of a problem, it's not too terrible. This is still just the first mount to test the idea. Next I think I'm going to try the front of the frame above the wheel. I'm thinking there's going to be vibration no matter where you put it on the bike though. There is a video on my blog of my test run with it. I really don't think it turned out too bad.

Leedo

If you want video while riding the best place to mount is somewhere on your body (i.e. helmet cam) since vibration is absorbed by the time it reaches the connecting points.

I use a Joby tripod similar to this one: http://www.rei.com/product/742238/joby-gorillapod

When it is mounted on my handlebars video is terrible (so much vibration that you can't hear anything) but it works great for shooting pics and is best when stopped. Imagine riding up a big hill and then trying to stop to take a picture while huffing/puffing/shaking with a pulse north of 155.

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The real problem isn't the strength of the joint, though that could cause trouble, it's that the center of mass is too high, and the mount point too flexible. Basically the camera vibrates like crazy for the whole trip.

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